Virginia Rumors & News

  • Syracuse storms back to beat Virginia

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jim Boeheim could not remember a better comeback in Syracuse history. If anyone would know, it is Boeheim. At 71 years old, he is in his 40th year coaching the program. Yet even Boeheim was surprised by the Orange's wild rally for a 68-62 win over the Virginia Cavaliers on..." March 27

  • Virginia's strong start knocks out Iowa State

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon peered into the stands before the opening tipoff on Friday and noticed that the bulk of the crowd consisted of Iowa State fans. "It's something you take notice of," Brogdon said. "It was like a home game for them more than anything. But that's..." March 25

  • Virginia goes on offensive, downs Butler

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia's offense can carry the Cavaliers, too. That's how it turned out when Virginia used stunningly efficient offense in a hot-shooting second half to overcome Butler 77-69 on Saturday night in an NCAA Tournament second-round game at PNC Arena. Virginia, which has..." March 20

  • 2016 Naismith Trophy: Full List of Finalists Announced

    Bleacher Report "The four finalists for the 2016 Naismith Trophy, given to the top player in men's college basketball, were announced Sunday, courtesy of's Brian Mull. Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, Kentucky's Tyler Ulis and Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon were selected out of a..." March 20

  • Virginia Coach Tony Bennett Collapsed on the Sideline

    The Big Lead "Virginia coach Tony Bennett fell to the floor shortly before halftime during the Cavaliers game against Hampton. Bennett was bent at the waist and clutched his knees before collapsing. He received medical attention and was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. " March 17

  • Kansas, UNC, Virginia, Oregon claim No. 1 seeds

    The Score "Here is a look at the results from Sunday's Selection Show for the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. South Region 1 Kansas vs. 16 Austin Peay 8 Colorado vs. 9 UConn 5 Maryland vs. 12 South Dakota State 4 Cal vs. 13 Hawaii 6 Arizona vs. 11 Vanderbilt/Wichita State 3 Miami..." March 14

  • Tar Heels' defense difference in ACC title game

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- North Carolina took an unusual path to its first Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship since 2008. The No. 7 Tar Heels relied on defense, tearing a page out of Virginia's book of allowing defense to make the difference and that worked Saturday night. Guard..." March 13

  • No. 4 Virginia gets past No. 11 Miami in ACC semifinal

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Virginia is often defined because of its defense and the No. 4 Cavaliers showed why Friday night. Virginia kept No. 11 Miami at a safe distance during most of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinal, winning 73-68 at the Verizon Center. "Any time we can get..." March 12

  • No. 4 Virginia dispatches Georgia Tech in ACC quarters

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Give senior guard Malcolm Brogdon a little help and it makes No. 4 Virginia nearly unstoppable. That's what happened in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday night, with Brogdon scoring 26 points as the Cavaliers dispatched upstart Georgia Tech 72-52..." March 10

  • Cavaliers cap perfect home season with win over Louisville

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Chants of "Tobey, Tobey, Tobey!" rained down from the John Paul Jones Arena rafters as senior Mike Tobey made his way to the free-throw line late in Virginia's matchup with Louisville Saturday night. The chants were well-deserved and a fitting way to cap off a senior..." March 05

  • No. 4 Virginia claims road win over Clemson

    The Sports Xchange "GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A big beginning and a strong finish proved to be just enough for Virginia on Tuesday night. Senior guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points and the fourth-ranked Cavaliers dominated the first five minutes and the final five minutes en route to a 64-57 victory over Clemson..." March 01

  • No, 3 Virginia holds off No. 7 North Carolina

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- ESPN College Gameday's first-ever appearance last season here didn't go as planned as Virginia was knocked off by Duke, spoiling the Cavaliers' perfect record before their home crowd. On Saturday, College Gameday returned again for arguably the most anticipated..." February 27

  • No. 12 Miami (Fla.) bounces back to beat No. 3 Virginia

    The Sports Xchange "CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Coming off its worst loss in more than a year, No. 12 Miami needed a bounce-back win in a big way against No. 3 Virginia Monday night. The Hurricanes got it when junior guard Davon Reed scored a career-high 21 points to help overcome a spectacular performance by..." February 22

  • No. 7 Virginia dominates North Carolina State at home

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- To say that North Carolina State has struggled during their time spent in Charlottesville over the past decade would be an understatement. Entering Monday night's contest with Virginia, the Wolfpack hadn't recorded a win against the Cavaliers in the commonwealth..." February 15

  • Duke banks on Allen and wins

    The Sports Xchange "DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke guard Grayson Allen figured time was on his side on the final play of Saturday against Virginia. He used all of it. Allen made an awkward-looking shot from the lane as time expired to give Duke a 63-62 victory over No. 7 Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium...." February 13

  • London Perrantes will miss Virginia’s game at Ohio State after having his appendix removed

    Washington Post "Starting point guard London Perrantes will miss No. 10 Virginia’s game at Ohio State on Tuesday night after undergoing an appendectomy on Sunday, the school announced Tuesday. The junior’s status for Saturday’s home game against William and Mary is yet to be determined. Perrantes is one of..." December 02

  • Virginia lands Friends' Central's DeAndre Hunter

    City of Basketball Love "One of the top senior prospects in Philadelphia is off the board. Friends’ Central (Pa.) wing DeAndre Hunter committed to play college basketball for head coach Tony Bennett at the University of Virginia on Saturday night while on an official visit to the school. The news was first reported..." September 14

  • Virginia still awaiting eligibility decision on four-star forward Mamadi Diakite

    The Roanoke Times "Nine days after the start of classes at Virginia, prize men’s basketball recruit Mamadi Diakite remained in limbo Wednesday. Once listed as one of the nation’s top prospects for the entering class of 2016, Diakite had been hoping to move up his enrollment to this year, although not necessarily..." September 03

  • 4-star big man Sacha Killeya-Jones picks Kentucky after decommitting from Virginia

    SB Nation "Kentucky has landed its second player in the class of 2016. Sacha Killeya-Jones, a 6'10 big man from Virginia, gave a verbal commitment to John Calipari and the Wildcats on Wednesday morning, according to Evan Daniels of Scout. Killeya-Jones was originally a Virginia commit, but reopened his..." August 19

  • Virginia Basketball Lands 5-Star Power Forward Mamadi Diakite, Has No. 1 2016 Recruiting Class

    College Spun "Virginia basketball has been an elite team on the court for two years now, and that dominance is starting to pay off big time on the recruiting trail. Today, Tony Bennett and his staff landed a commitment from one of the nation’s top power forwards, five-star Mamadi Diakite." August 04

  • Former Memphis forward Austin Nichols transferring to Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Less than two weeks after Memphis loosened the transfer restrictions placed on former forward Austin Nichols, the first team all-AAC selection has found a new home. According to a report from 92.9 FM in Memphis, Nichols has decided to transfer to Virginia. After sitting out the 2015-16 season..." July 27

  • Virginia works to 'Wisconsin-proof' Tony Bennett's contract with new incentives

    The Roanoke Times "Amid little fanfare, the University of Virginia has reworked the contract of men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett in a fashion that will make it less tempting to leave Charlottesville. After a 2014 season in which the Cavaliers won the ACC regular season and tournament championships, Bennett..." July 08

  • Report: 7-foot Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu visiting Michigan State Monday

    Michigan Live "For the second time in less than a week, Michigan State is expected to have a highly sought-after visitor on campus. Paschal Chukwu, a 7-foot-2 center transferring from Providence, is planning to visit the Spartans on Monday, according to a report from CBS Sports. has also reported today..." June 23

  • Sacha Killeya-Jones decommits from Virginia

    Streaking The Lawn "Four-star 2016 power forward and former Virginia commit Sacha Killeya-Jones has opened up his recruitment again, he told's Rob Harrington Tuesday. "I feel like I may have rushed my decision. I still love Virginia but just want to reaffirm that’s the right choice for me and plan to..." June 03

  • UVa basketball gets 2016-17 commit from Jay Huff of Voyager Academy

    The Roanoke Times "Jay Huff, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Durham, North Carolina, has become the fourth basketball player to commit to Virginia for the 2016-17 entering class. Huff, a four-star prospect on the five-star scale used by 247Sports." May 22

  • Virginia's Justin Anderson plans to leave school, enter 2015 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "Virginia junior Justin Anderson is in the process of scheduling meetings with agents and plans to enter the 2015 NBA Draft, a source confirmed to on Monday. Yahoo! Sports initially reported the development. Underclassmen have until April 26 to formally declare for the..." April 13

  • Kentucky, UNC, Virginia open as Las Vegas favorites for 2016 hoops title

    ESPN "The entire starting five for Kentucky is expected to declare for the NBA draft. But in Las Vegas, Kentucky remains one of the teams to beat in 2016. On Tuesday, the William Hill sportsbook opened the Wildcats as 8-1 favorites to win next year's NCAA tournament. North Carolina is second at 9-1,..." April 08

  • B.J. Stith Leaving Virginia Basketball Program "Virginia men's basketball head coach Tony Bennett announced Friday (April 3) that freshman guard B.J. Stith (Lawrenceville, Va.) is leaving the Cavaliers' program. "B.J. informed me during our player meetings that he is leaving the Virginia basketball program for a better opportunity for..." April 04

  • Ritchie McKay leaves Virginia to return to Liberty as head basketball coach

    Washington Post "Ritchie McKay, the top assistant on the Virginia men’s basketball staff, will return to Liberty as its head coach, Liberty announced on Wednesday afternoon. McKay was the head coach of the Flames from 2007 to 2009 before resigning to join Cavaliers Coach Tony Bennett’s staff. At his..." April 02

  • Darion Atkins rips Virginia teammates: ‘We played like ‘p-ssies

    Larry Brown Sports "The unexpected continued to happen in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region on Sunday, with No. 7 seed Michigan State knocking off No. 2 seed Virginia. Cavs forward Darion Atkins felt his team did not put forth a respectable effort, to put it kindly. Atkins, a 6-foot-8 senior, scored 10 points and..." March 23

  • Virginia guard Justin Anderson (finger) set to return Thursday

    CBS Sports "After being out since early February with a broken finger and then undergoing an appendectomy earlier this month, Virginia guard Justin Anderson will play in Thursday's ACC tournament game against Florida State, the school announced." March 12

  • Virginia's Justin Anderson out Saturday due to appendectomy

    CBS Sports "Virginia coach Tony Bennett was hopeful Justin Anderson, who has been sidelined since early February with a broken finger, would make his return to the lineup Saturday for a key ACC matchup against Louisville. Unfortunately, Bennett's hopes were dashed Thursday when the school announced the..." March 06

  • Virginia guard Justin Anderson could return to the lineup Saturday

    CBS Sports "Virginia guard Justin Anderson could return to the lineup by Saturday after meeting with a doctor Tuesday, coach Tony Bennett said, according to The Daily Progress. Anderson will now be able to participate in game-related activities after suffering a broken finger on his shooting hand in early..." March 03

  • London Perrantes day-to-day

    ESPN "Virginia Cavaliers starting point guard London Perrantes is day-to-day after suffering a broken nose and a mild concussion during Sunday's 51-41 win against Florida State when he collided with teammate Malcolm Brogdon. Perrantes, who is averaging 5.9 points and 4.4 assists, was bloodied on the..." February 23

  • After bloody collision, Virginia teammates joke about London Perrantes’s busted nose

    Washington Post "After a brutal head-to-head collision with teammate Malcolm Brogdon in the second half of Virginia’s 51-41 win over Florida State on Sunday, guard London Perrantes’s nose looked even uglier than the Cavaliers’ shooting numbers (1 for 11 on three-pointers, 14 for 27 from the free throw line)..." February 23

  • Virginia Loses Star Guard Justin Anderson for 4-6 Weeks

    East Idaho News "Third-ranked Virginia is having a great season, but a major injury could make it difficult to keep it up. Cavaliers' second leading scorer Justin Anderson will miss four to six weeks after fracturing a finger on his shooting hand. The junior guard was injured in the first half of the team's..." February 09

  • Virginia loses star Justin Anderson to a fractured finger

    Yahoo! Sports "A devastating injury tempered Virginia's joy at having concluded the toughest stretch of its schedule with a 52-47 victory over Louisville. The third-ranked Cavaliers lost second-leading scorer Justin Anderson for four to six weeks because of a fractured finger on his left hand. Anderson..." February 08

  • ACC cuts ties with ref Karl Hess

    ESPN "Veteran official Karl Hess has worked his final ACC basketball game. Hess, who has worked ACC games for more than 25 years, told ESPN that his comment made to Atlanta hotel magnate Mit Shah during Sunday's Louisville-Wake Forest game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was made in jest. Shah,..." January 10

  • Virginia Basketball lands 2016 big man Sacha Killeya-Jones

    Streaking The Lawn "Happy New Year Virginia Basketball fans! Last year was pretty darn awesome, and 2015 is already off to a roaring start. On Thursday afternoon, 2016 VES big man Sacha Killeya-Jones tweeted out his commitment to the reigning ACC Champions. Virginia extended an offer to Killeya-Jones back in..." January 02

  • Nolte and Perrantes Suspended For Season-Opener and Scrimmages "Virginia junior forward Evan Nolte (Milton, Ga.) and sophomore guard London Perrantes (Los Angeles, Calif.) have been suspended for the Cavaliers' two preseason scrimmages and the season-opener at James Madison on Friday, Nov. 14, head coach Tony Bennett announced Friday (Nov. 7). Nolte and..." November 08

  • Cavaliers get verbal commitment from guard Kyle Guy

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "On Monday, UVa secured its second top-flight guard in as many months when it received a verbal commitment from Kyle Guy. “Proud to say I’m committing to the University of Virginia!!” said Guy, via Twitter. “Blessed for the opportunities Coach Bennett has given me.” Guy, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound..." October 21

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • UVa Third Year Nolte Charged with Drunk in Public

    Newsplex "Virginia basketball player Evan Nolte has been charged with drunk in public by the Charlottesville Police Department. According to a CPD spokesperson, the 20-year-old rising junior forward was arrested around 1 a.m. Sunday. According to a police report, Nolte told an officer he had about 8..." August 07

  • Tony Bennett signs a seven-year deal with Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Tony Bennett has signed a new, seven-year deal with the University of Virginia, keeping him on the sidelines through the 2020-2021 season, the school announced on Tuesday. Bennett’s base salary and supplemental compensation will bumped up to $1.9 million. Virginia won both the ACC regular..." June 03

  • Former Marquette commit Marial Shayok picks Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Maria Shayok, a three-star small forward in the Class of 2014, has committed to Virginia. This news came according to Evan Daniels of, who tweeted the commitment on Tuesday night. “Happy to announce I’ve committed to the University of Virginia!” Shayok tweeted. Shayok, the..." April 23

  • What went wrong with ACC hoops this season

    Fox Sports South "The numbers aren't pretty for the ACC, any way you slice it. A hoops-dominated conference that recently expanded in the hopes of becoming the nation's preeminent basketball league missed on that mark in Year 1. And it's been trending downward for quite some time. This marks the fourth..." April 02

  • Michigan State hangs on against Virginia, advances to Elite 8

    Michigan Live "They said the buckets would be hard to come by. And they were right. When the dust settled, Michigan State emerged victorious with the scars to prove it. The No. 4 seed Spartans -- behind Branden Dawson's 24 points and 10 rebounds -- beat the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers 61-59 in an NCAA..." March 29

  • NCAA East Regional betting news and notes: Izzo knows Bennett well "The final four teams in the East Regional do battle for a spot in the Elite Eight. Before you bet on Friday's games, brush up on these East Region betting news and notes: No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (-1.5, 127) The Virginia Cavaliers’ pack-line defense,..." March 28

  • Virginia just second No. 1 Sweet 16 underdog in 22 years "The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers are in exclusive company heading into Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup with No. 4 Michigan State. And that’s not a good thing. The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Regional, opened as 2-point underdogs against the Spartans, becoming just the second No. 1 seed to be..." March 28

  • Ritchie McKay is ‘the other head coach’ for Tony Bennett and Virginia

    Washington Post "One night back in December, as the Virginia men’s basketball team was stumbling to a disappointing 9-4 record in nonconference play, associate head coach Ritchie McKay could tell his boss’s approach wasn’t working. Some of the talented Cavaliers seemed more concerned with individual playing..." March 26